About the Fit Body 'n Mind Instructors

Fit Body 'n Mind was formed by mother-daughter instructor team, Marie and Melissa, to share their enthusiasm for fitness that is fun. Both believe you should enjoy the time you spend on your workout, so you will want to make it a regular part of your life. The combination of Zumba® and Yoga offers students the blend of cardio, flexibility and strength that challenges and transforms the body and mind.

About Melissa

Zumba Basic 1®, Zumba Basic 2®,Zumba® Toning, and Zumbatomic® Zumba® Gold certified

I was a competitive gymnast for over 15 years. During my gymnastics training, I also took ballet and jazz classes and always loved to dance. When my college gymnastics career ended due to a knee injury, I looked for other ways to stay in shape. One day a friend convinced me to go with her to a Zumba® class. I had heard about Zumba® but didn't really know what it was. I was hooked instantly after my first class...really after the first song!!!! Because I spoke Spanish, listened to Latin and other International music, and loved to dance, it was a perfect fit. After taking classes for over a year I decided to become an instructor! So far, I've completed the Zumba® Basics 1 and Basics II training, as well as the Zumba® Toning training. I've been teaching for about four years and LOVE every second of it!

In addition to Zumba®, I love Yoga and running. I also love to travel, meet new people, and to eat just about anything :)

Come try out my classes! And for those of you that claim you aren't dancers...here's my motto...in Zumba® there are no mistakes...just unexpected solos :)

About Marie

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200), Prenatal Yoga certified

After participating for several years in a corporate Yoga class that sparked an interest in yoga, as well as maintaining a regular practice at a local studio, I set a goal to complete my training and am pleased to say I accomplished it. I completed my RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) certification in December, 2009. I wanted to learn more about the philosophy and attempt the more challenging poses. I mastered some, not all, but enough to know I will always enjoy the journey. In 2011, I completed my Prenatal yoga certification which allows me to share a yoga practice with women at this very special time in their lives.

I started my Fitness Instructing in the 1980's as an Aerobic Dance Instructor for Aerobic Dance by Jackie Sorenson.

Dancing and movement allow me to express my creative side and help me to maintain balance in the busy life we all face in Northern Virginia.

If you'd like to give Yoga a try, come try my classes (without the 'Om'). I'd love to show you that Yoga is accessible to everyone regardless of age or athletic ability.

Melissa, Certified Zumba Dance Instructor at Fit Body 'n Mind in Springfield VA

Marie, Certified Zumba and Hatha Yoga Instructor at Fit Body 'n Mind in Northern Virginia